The Basketball Fix

Overview

Felix Feist's The Basketball Fix (1951) dates from a period in which white basketball players were a significant part of the game -- and, to judge from this movie, the only part of the game. Marshall Thompson was a fine actor and a decent male ingenue who'd given a great performance in William Wellman's Battleground, but he's hopeless at convincing anyone that he's a top basketball prospect. Forgetting the shortcomings of the movie, the source print, transferred full-frame (1.33:1), is somewhat worn and ...
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Overview

Felix Feist's The Basketball Fix (1951) dates from a period in which white basketball players were a significant part of the game -- and, to judge from this movie, the only part of the game. Marshall Thompson was a fine actor and a decent male ingenue who'd given a great performance in William Wellman's Battleground, but he's hopeless at convincing anyone that he's a top basketball prospect. Forgetting the shortcomings of the movie, the source print, transferred full-frame (1.33:1), is somewhat worn and scratched, with a fair amount of white vertical blemishes, but not so badly as to make it unwatchable, even if the picture is a tiny bit soft and some of the wider shots are whited out; by the same token, however, the night scenes and dark scenes all have usable picture information. The audio is stable and set at a healthy volume level. The 66-minute movie gets six chapters, par for the course for Alpha Video, and the usual three-selection menu opens the disc automatically, with the "play" command in the default position.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The real-life college basketball scandals of the early 1950s provides the backdrop for the fictional The Basketball Fix. If only Fix were as dramatic as its true life counterpart. Unfortunately, Fix is a fairly routine sports melodrama, with only the youthful age of its protagonist providing any variation on a very familiar theme. Sure, the sport is basketball, but it might just as well have been boxing in terms of the dramaturgy. And while it's a nice change of pace to see a couple of teams of tall players instead of two beefy bruisers, that modification only goes so far. Peter R. Brooke and Charles K. Pecl, Jr.'s screenplay is not only familiar in plot, it's familiar in dialogue as well; haven't we heard pretty much the same words spoken in many other films? The answer is yes. The actors are fine, with Johnny Ireland and Marshall Thompson doing all that is asked of them. But they aren't exceptional performers, and they lack the distinctive spark that might have made Fix count for something more. Much the same can be said for Felix E. Feist's effective but pedestrian direction. The only outstanding element of Fix is Stanley Cprtez's photography, which is considerably better than the rest of the picture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • UPC: 089218433893
  • Original Release: 1951
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Time: 1:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 69,464

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Ireland Pete Ferreday
Marshall Thompson Johnny Long
Vanessa Brown Pat Judd
William Bishop Mike Taft
Hazel Brooks Lily Courtney
Johnny Sands Jed Black
Bobby Hyatt Mickey Long
Walter Sande Nat Becker
Johnny Phillips Reporter
Lester Sharpe Jewelry Salesman
Technical Credits
Felix E. Feist Director
Peter R. Brooke Screenwriter
Stanley Cortez Cinematographer
Raoul Kraushaar Score Composer
Edward J. Leven Producer
Francis D. Lyon Editor
Charles K. Peck Jr. Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [10:27]
2. Chapter 2 [8:12]
3. Chapter 3 [10:54]
4. Chapter 4 [11:16]
5. Chapter 5 [11:22]
6. Chapter 6 [13:07]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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